Cornelli lives in Iller-Stream with her widowed father, who calls on two Ladies of Culture to come spend time with Cornelli during one of his business trips, hoping that their influence will refine and improve his daughter. Instead, the ladies prove to have no real love for Cornelli, and she, being a sensitive soul, turns inward and becomes sullen and uncooperative. A boy who comes on a visit to Iller-Stream for his health befriends her, and this begins a chain of events that turn Cornelli's life right-side up again. (Summary by Jael Baldwin)
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Reviewer:Scott S. Lawton
January 12, 2016 Subject:
heartwarming; beautifully read
5 stars for the reading! Jael is a skillful narrator with a nice voice that is very appropriate for the story.
3-4 stars for the book. It's a heartwarming story of children with the usual trials and tribulations, and a happy ending. That's likely quite enough for most people. But I'm not sure about the central plat device; would a 10 year old take those words so literally? I'm also not on board with Spyri's particular Christian theology, but it's no different here than in the famous Heidi books, or the less well known but equally well crafted Moni the Goat-Boy.